CASA swears in new volunteers

THE 37TH JUDICIAL Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) organization recently swore in seven newly-appointed volunteers. Volunteers with CASA are required to pass a background check, participate in a 30-hour pre-service training course and agree to stay with a case until it is closed, which is, on average, a year and a half. Volunteers get to know the child by talking with everyone in the child’s life. They use the information they gather to help judges and others understand the child’s needs and help the child find a safe and permanent home. Judge Steven Privette, 37th Judicial Circuit Court, swore in the volunteers. “Kids are the future,” he said. “These volunteers are the grease that makes the wheel turn for this organization.” As the volunteers left the courtroom from the ceremony, they went to the CASA office to be assigned their first cases. From left: Murray Anderson, Crickett Anderson, Julie Templeton, Connie Pendergrass, Julie Smith, Marty Szigety, Robert Rich and Marcus Allen.

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